‘UAE’s success is outcome of long history of innovation’: Zaki Nusseibeh

AL AIN, Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, on Tuesday inaugurated the activities of the “UAE Innovates 2022” month virtually.

Present were Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, Sheikha Noura Humaid Al Nuaimi, Director of Ajman X Centre, Municipality and Planning Department, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) Higher Administration, faculty members, staff, and students.

In his address, the chancellor emphasised the university’s enthusiasm for the coming month’s activities. He explained that innovation is the origin and purpose, adding, “A university is a cradle of innovation. The primary mission of a university is to foster original thought.”

He stated, “Our undergraduate students learn that knowledge is never complete and can constantly be improved. Our graduate students investigate to find out what works and to develop better practices and concepts. Our researchers and faculty members identify new questions, new methodologies, and alternative possibilities.

“They take risks, they experiment, and they are curious. Our administrative staff find ways to enhance our efficiency, effectiveness, and our standards of service. Innovation is the university’s purpose, process, and outcome, and we all share the task of improvement, of invention, and original thought.”

The chancellor reminded the audience of the importance of innovation. He said, “Human civilisation is the fruit of creativity and problem-solving. Human development is driven by the desire to improve, alleviate problems and suffering, and gain an advantage. Innovation is the gift and the duty of a human being.”

Explaining the relevance of innovation, the chancellor said, “In the UAE, we are proud that our leaders have encouraged us to create, to solve problems, to make our lives better, and to be competitive. Our innovative thinking has focused on securing the foundations of our lives as families and communities, of our successes as entrepreneurs and employers, and of the nation’s infrastructure. Our leaders have also urged us to be exceptional, be outstanding, and draw the world’s attention to our remarkable achievements. Our Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed, was a real leader of this kind. The success of the UAE is a history of innovation of all these kinds.”

Speaking of the importance of innovation to the nation’s development, the chancellor praised the leadership’s focus on innovation within the ten principles they have set for the next 50 years. He said, “The UAE continues to require people who can critically analyse complex problems, create innovative solutions, and take the risk to invest in change.”

Speaking in support of the UAEU’s efforts to celebrate UAE Innovates 2022, he said, “I am confident that the range of events and initiatives will both celebrate and promote the process of innovation. The coming month will invigorate our ideas and motivate our commitment to an activity that speaks to the heart and purpose of a university,” he said in conclusion.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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